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Richard Cole

Year of Call: 
2000
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“Richard is recommended by the editors of The Legal 500 for his commercial work on behalf the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills”
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Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Richard undertakes all aspects of personal injury work. He advises, drafts pleadings (including schedules of loss) and appears for both Claimants and Defendants in fast track and multi track cases, including applications, case management conferences and trials. He has experience in a wide variety of personal injury actions, including highway tripping, road traffic accidents, occupiers’ and employers’ liability.  He particularly enjoys cases with complicated medical issues. Interesting cases have involved the successful defence of a multi track claim brought by a rugby player who suffered a double fracture of the jaw in an amateur match; low velocity impact road traffic accidents where causation of injury is denied and cases where fraud is alleged; drafting of questions to and holding conferences with medical experts  in a variety of cases; advising in a claim where there was a dispute as to whether a road traffic accident had caused the Claimant’s death; advising the mother of a child patient who died following medical negligence in relation to psychiatric injuries suffered as well as novel areas of special damages; advising in a high value dentistry claim; successful defence in a multi track claim brought against a nightclub chain involving indemnity issues as against a sub contracting door security firm. He recently advised South Wales Police in relation to a well publicised claim against the force, following the death of a person who had taken a vehicle without consent and was pursued by police officers.   Richard regularly advises Government Departments (usually the Prison Service) in relation to personal injury claims.

Cases

  • Lazenby v Caerphilly CBC, October 2006 Contempt of Court proceedings before Mr Justice Davis involving a claimant who made a fraudulent personal injury claim. The second publicised contempt case in such proceedings in South Wales.

Contact

For further information please contact our clerks, who will be able to help you with any questions.
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